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    T. Faulk takes over starting job

    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Monday, Nov. 01 2004

    It's Election Day, and Mike Martz has made up his mind: His choice is ...

    Trev Faulk, for the office of starting middle linebacker. Faulk received the
    head coach's vote on the heels of a strong outing Oct. 24 against the Dolphins.
    Faulk, who entered in the first quarter after rookie Brandon Chillar pulled a
    hamstring, recorded six tackles - five solos - in the Rams' 31-14 loss leading
    into their bye week.

    "For him to do what did down at Miami was just incredible," Martz said. "So,
    he's seized the starting role at (middle) backer at this point."

    Third-year pro Robert Thomas is the incumbent, but a bad ankle kept him out of
    the past two games. Chillar stepped in, went down, and Faulk got his chance.
    Chillar remained on the sideline Monday during the team's first practice in a
    week, but Thomas took part in the full-pads workout and didn't appear to be
    hampered.

    Martz indicated that Faulk earned the job on merit, not because of injuries.
    "There's no question about that. It's his to lose," Martz said.

    Joining the fray at middle linebacker in Miami was "definitely exciting," Faulk
    said. "That's my position; that's what I do," he said. "(But) the coaches
    determine whatever my role is. If it's on special teams, I'll do my best at
    that. If I get to play linebacker, I'll do my best at that."

    The promotion comes at an ideal time for Faulk personally: His cousin Kevin is
    a running back for the New England Patriots (6-1), who will square off with the
    Rams (4-3) at 3:15 p.m. Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.

    Trev Faulk, 23, was plucked from the Arizona Cardinals' practice-squad roster
    last Dec. 31 but didn't get into a game with the Rams. He originally signed
    with Denver as an undrafted rookie in 2002, after he left Louisiana State
    following his junior season.

    His first NFL game action was on special teams against Arizona this year in the
    opener. He missed the next two games with a hamstring pull, then emerged an
    effective performer on kick and punt coverage, collecting a total of eight
    tackles at San Francisco and Seattle. Another hamstring injury kept him out vs.
    Tampa Bay on Oct. 18, but he returned in a big way in Miami.

    "For him to stay up on it mentally without taking reps was pretty incredible,"
    Martz said. "And then he's physical, gets to the ball, excellent tackler - all
    the things that you want a (middle) backer to be, he is. And he's probably the
    best hitter we have on the team."

    Martz also praised the 6-foot-3, 254-pound Faulk's instinct for closing on
    ballcarriers. "Some guys have it and some guys don't," Martz said. "He can get
    through traffic so easily. He reads and reacts very well, doesn't get out of
    position. ... He's just a natural inside."


    Players heal up

    Part of the reason Martz gave the players last week off - save for lifting and
    running - was so their various bumps and bruises could mend. Based on the
    near-perfect attendance at Monday's practice, that strategy appeared to pay
    off.

    Defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, who has been out since early August with a
    broken foot, took part in all the drills and might be able to play Sunday.
    "Absolutely, there's a chance," Martz said. "We'll just see how he goes through
    practice. It looked like he did a nice job out there today."

    Defensive end Tyoka Jackson (hamstring), who sat out the past two games,
    returned to full work. Cornerback Travis Fisher (arm), who said after the Miami
    game that he was concerned about a flare-up of his injury, was back with the
    first unit. Running back and kick returner Arlen Harris (hamstring) and
    offensive tackle Grant Williams (neck) dressed but saw limited action.

    Sidelined were Chillar and wide receiver Dane Looker (ankle). Both were hurt in
    the Miami game.


    McBride switches

    The newest Ram, former Green Bay and Atlanta cornerback Tod McBride, hasn't
    played free safety since his senior season at UCLA, some six years ago. But
    that's where the Rams plan to use him, and he's OK with that.

    "I'll finally be going back to the middle, and I think it'll suit me fine,"
    said McBride, who explained that the primary adjustment from corner was "just a
    little more physical play at the safety position. But as far as recognizing
    routes and knowing the secondary, I think it's all fairly much the same."
    McBride, 6-1 and 208, signed with the Rams last week.


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    Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

    I think it's a good move to put T. Faulk at MLB. Thomas isn't the answer. He's a nice MLB but not a nasty one. Maybe Faulk is.

    We'll see.

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    Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

    Think of all the crazy crap we were doing last year because we were so excited about this young trio. "T-3"---PLEASE, what were we thinking. This year Polley lost his job and so did Thomas. WEAK!!!!

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    Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

    Its still T3 - Tommy (he's back as a starter), Tino (he's playing well), and Trev!


    Just as I expected. :redface:

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    Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

    The one thing that always concerned me about the Lovie defense was their lack of size (a natural by-product of a speed oriented D). But with D-Lew and Pickett each adding about 20 pounds and now with Faulk (254 lbs) replacing Thomas (230 lbs), the D is slowly getting bigger.
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    Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

    I've never been a big Thomas fan. Just something about him never made me excited. I'm really disappointed in Polley and wish him well as he pursues FA after this year. The Rams surely won't resign him....well that may not be true. They resigned Manu and I was shocked at that. However, I don't see it happening.

    Oh London Fletcher, how this Rams fan misses you.....

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    Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

    Oh London Fletcher, how this Rams fan misses you.....
    Go ahead, Tx, finish your thought and tell us what a bunch of salary cap eatin' pigs the offense is. :redface: just playin' pal.
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    Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison
    Go ahead, Tx, finish your thought and tell us what a bunch of salary cap eatin' pigs the offense is. :redface: just playin' pal.
    YOU SALARY CAP EATIN OFFENSIVE PIGS

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    Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan
    I think it's a good move to put T. Faulk at MLB.
    At this time and place I don't see how you can't give him another chance to assume the role. He stepped into creases last game with authority. If he thinks he's man enough for the job, it's his turn I say.

    It seems he can't escape injuries thus far either so I'm not going to get overly enthused about the prospects of him holding down the position. But there is no doubt he has looked like a workhorse when he has been in the game. If he's up to the extra attention, saddle him up and let's see if he can bring it.

    Lewis might have gotten a good deal on his insurance, but it was Owens who settled the claim. Someone else is going to have to step up to the plate if The Game goes through Philly this year. It might as well be Faulk.

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    Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

    Hey, I'm behind whoever can get the job done. If Thomas isn't working out in the middle and Faulk is looking promising, let's put him there.
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    Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

    I think the starting LB's should be Chillar, Faulk, and Tino.
    I too am disappointed in Polley's play ( :redface: ) and with Thomas's lack of production. Chillar has been a bright spot and Five-O is awsome.

    Hopefully the entire D can come together and play on a high level.
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    Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

    "....it seems he (Faulk) can't escape injuries thus far...."
    Well Mr. Adarian that may be so but let's not forget that R. Thomas has been a starter the last 3 years and has sustained an injury in each year. And he has missed playing time eadc year as a result of them. It just might be that Mr. Thomas is too small to play on the inside; although in his rookie year he was also injured playing OLB. Oh well what can I say?

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    Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

    Hopefully the entire D can come together and play on a high level. --Ramman68
    Bad news: Rams' D has played poorly overall. Good news: they know it. :tough:

    That may be the catalyst to come out aggressively and decidedly to improve.
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    Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

    Come on DEEEEEE!

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    Re: T. Faulk takes over starting job

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMarkable
    "....it seems he (Faulk) can't escape injuries thus far...."
    Well Mr. Adarian, that may be so, but let's not forget that R. Thomas has been a starter the last 3 years and has sustained an injury in each year. And he has missed playing time each year as a result of them. It just might be that Mr. Thomas is too small to play on the inside; although in his rookie year he was also injured playing OLB. Oh well what can I say?
    I have forgotten no such thing. All I am saying ... is ... give peace a chance. Oops, no, wrong line. All I am saying ... is ... I'm not overly enthused about the prospect of him staying injury free from here on out. I'm hopeful, but not overly enthused. In fact even if he were to break an arm doesn't mean he still couldn't deliver the pain. He could still go out there with a cast on and crush someone else's ribs. So hell, I don't even care if he does get injured again as long as he knows how to play with novacaine injections.

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